A CLASSY performance from Paul Cunningham as Musselburgh toppled league-leaders Marr at ‘Fortress Fullarton’ earns him the full-back slot, just ahead of Robbie Chalmers, who scored a try and was a handful yet again for Edinburgh Accies in their home win over Currie Chieftains, Kelso teenager Archie Barbour, who is a pacy counter-attacker and proved against Jed on Saturday he has eye for the try line, and the consistently excellent
Morgan Tait is unlucky to miss out on the right wing after two tries for Hawick in a comfortable – eventually – win over Border rivals Selkirk, and Sandy Watt of Musselburgh is in the same boat after claiming a brace from the opposite touch-line, however Rory Hindhaugh‘s work-rate for Musselburgh and Finlay McNeill‘s pace which saw him bag a try and help create two others for Edinburgh Accies sees that pair claim with Nos 14 and 11 jerseys.
Dwain Patterson injected pace and creativity to Kelso’s attacks, with one sublime line-break setting up Barbour’s try, and his goal-kicking was faultless from close-in, wide and long distance sees him, so he is selected at outside-centre this week, partnering inside-centre Lee Armstrong of Hawick, who made a huge impact off the bench, with his ability to weave through Selkirk’s defence crucial in the champions securing that bonus-point win. An honourable mention goes to Dom Buckley who was prominent for Jed throughout (apart from his 10 minutes in the sin-bin) and particularly in leading the struggling Riverside men’s late salvo, which underlined that they may be down at the moment but they are not out.
Ben Appleson gets the nod ahead of Marr’s Colin Sturgeon for his role in orchestrating Edinburgh Accies’ impressive home win over Currie Chieftains, while James Imrie opened the scoring for Glasgow Hawks in their home win against Heriot’s Blues and was composed over the 80 minutes so is at scrum-half.
In the pack, Shawn Muir is a familiar face at loose-head prop, linking-up in the front-row with Glasgow Hawks pair Marcus Goodwin at tight-head, and Paul Cairncross – whose hard carrying and competitiveness over the tackled man saw him named man-of-the-match versus Heriot’s Blues – at hooker.
Clark Skeldon put in another monumental shift for Jed which sees him edge out opposite number Keith Melbourne for one of the second-row berths, while the returning Struan Whittaker, who made his presence felt for Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn, is also in the engine-room.
Some tough calls, as always, in the back-row, with Michael Maltman and Gavin Inkster’s contribution to Musselburgh’s win at Marr getting them the nod on the flanks, while Bruce McNeil opened the scoring for Kelso with his seventh of season and his regular disruption of Jed possession set tone in his team’s win. That means Jae Linton of Hawick, Scott McClymont of Selkirk, Murray Woodcock and Liam Tait of Kelso, and Jamie Sole and Angus Inwood of Edinburgh Accies are among the breakaways who are unlucky to miss out.
15. Paul Cunningham (Musselburgh)
14. Rory Hindhaugh (Musselburgh)
13. Dwain Patterson (Kelso)
12. Lee Armstrong (Hawick)
11. Finlay McNeill (Edinburgh Accies)
10. Ben Appleson (Edinburgh Accies)
9. James Imrie (Glasgow Hawks)
1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)
2. Paul Cairncross (Glasgow Hawks)
3. Marcus Goodwin (Glasgow Hawks)
4. Clark Skeldon (Jed-Forest)
5. Struan Whittaker (Edinburgh Accies)
6. Michael Maltman (Musselburgh)
7. Gavin Inkster (Musselburgh)
8. Bruce McNeil (Kelso)
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